Brian Kilmeade: CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel shouldn't apologize for torture program

Brian Kilmeade: CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel shouldn't apologize for torture program

Kilmeade suggests a statement for Haspel: "I don't apologize for the Americans who are alive today and were not burned alive or had their heads cut off"

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From the May 8 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:

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BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): Every living CIA director backs her. And here's the other thing, Gina Haspel's got a decision to make. Is she going to come out and is she going to say, "Yeah, back then that's what I did, I regret it now." Or is she going to say, "That's what I did. I'm proud of what I was able to get out of the worst of the worst. I'm convinced I played an important role in stopping the next attack. I don't apologize for the Americans who are alive today and were not burned alive or had their heads cut off, because I was able to use enhanced interrogation, OK’d by the previous Justice Department, in order to keep America safe. And right now you don't want me to do it, so I won't. But if the laws say I should, and it keeps America safe, I will." That's what the CIA's supposed to do.

STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): Here's the other thing. Everything she did at the time was legal. And she was following instructions.

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AINSLEY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): Jillian [Mele], woman to woman, she would be the first female CIA director, which would be amazing. 

Previously:

Fox & Friends hosts defend Gina Haspel's torture record as following "a directive"

On Fox & Friends, Condoleezza Rice invokes 9/11 to defend Gina Haspel against torture accusations

On Fox, former Dick Cheney adviser calls on Congress to confirm Trump CIA nominee despite her torture record

Gina Haspel, John Brennan, and CIA “accountability”

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